GRAND MANAN, N.B.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on November 29, 2005

Overcast, 7C temp, 10KPH - SW. Expecting more wind from south over next few days.

Gang expected to make run to the mainland tomorrow to insure WALMART have not left town. The weather is not the best, but going over will be no problem it the return that is in question. Will make the reservation, and wait and see.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on November 28, 2005

Overcast, slight draft SE,2C temp.

Giving southerly all week, and signifigant amounts as the week goes on. Kids shopping trip may be in jeporday due to the high wind. Might postpone until next week, will wait and see as don't like to disappoint them if can be avoided.

Lobster catch is down, but price has held up so fellows making out alright that way. Sou'west Nova west today will depend on level of thier catch if an influence on price will be felt locally.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:32 PM GMT on November 27, 2005

Clear, calm, -2C temp.

Had a good day getting decorations underway, but still lots to finish up today. Weather looks as if it will co-operate.

More southerly influence next week so anticipate damp, and windy. Kids expecting to go shopping on mainland on Wednesday, but giving some wind - will wait and see.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:22 PM GMT on November 26, 2005

CALM, clear, -3Ctemp. Heavy frost overnight. The boys will have a good day on the water and hopefully get some gear overhauled.

Donna & Patsy double teaming again, and off to the Xmas Market with lunch so they will have a good time. Must get some or most of the outside work done as lights going on all over the place now that Xmas Month will soon be upon us.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on November 25, 2005

Overcast, spitting snow, SW 10-15KPH,0C temp. Blew hard overnight with a gust of 58KPH around 2230HRS>

The boats went fishilng yesterday, but were tied up by early PM. Nasty right from the start, and not able to haul gear without jepordizing safety, and losing gear.

Fire on ferry yesterday on the cardeck. One of the semi's fuel lines broke, and somehow fire resulted. The crew did well to prevent a major incident in such cramped quarters. The ferry was just off her schedule by less than an hour.

Plan is to get the decorating under control this weekend, but also lots of other things need attention.

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NOVEMBER 23/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on November 24, 2005

Low clouds with open breaks, high tide, and a prestorm scene out the window this AM.

Calm, 0C temp. Giving east and se gales beginning before noon, and going till tomorrow PM. No real relief from the high winds until Sat. and then for a couple of days. Will wait and see if the guys can get at thier traps or will the swell make it too difficult.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23/O5

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on November 23, 2005

Overcast, 4C temp, sw@10-15KPH. Blew hard yesterday from SE with my highest recorded at 82KPH @ 1540 HRS. The boat made first trip, and remained tied up unless made a trip after dark.

Fisherman might make it out for a look around today, but swell will be hard to deal with for quite a few hours yet. Giving more wind for the rest of the week, and temps getting a little more seasonal.

Will get at the decorating with a little more gusto in the next day or so.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on November 22, 2005

Rain, 9C temp, easterly 25-30 KPH. Giving storm force winds for next next twenty four hours. East and southeast. Going through quickly, but wave height from the U.S. forcasting 19'.

Hard to get into the decorating mode with temps above normal, but looks as if that will change after this blow passes.

Will be a couple of days before the guys can get back to the fishing grounds, and no doubt gear will be strewn all over the place.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on November 21, 2005

Overcast, 7C temp, draft from SW. Weather warnings inthe forcast for tomorrow, SE winds at storm force. Lots of weather forcasted for the week.

Roy and Cynthia left on the 3:30 ferry yesterday. Had a great visit, and more ideas to do floors in the bathroom and back porch. Dangerous when the girls get together so will wait and see what transpires.

Shipped lobsters yesterday, but don't expect much product to be availiable this week due to the weather outlook.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:04 PM GMT on November 20, 2005

Overcast, calm, 4C temp. Another interesting sunrise the way the tide is gives a nice mirror effect even without much sin.

Roy & Cynthia down overnight to deliver some Xmas things, and pick up the wood stove from mom. Lots of future decorating discussion accomplished, and now will have to be put into action.

Got some outside work done yesterday, but most remains to be done. I will work at it a little each day as it is a work in progress.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:22 PM GMT on November 19, 2005

Clear, -7Ctemp, calm. Just a beautiful sunrise a rare occurrence at this time of year. The sunset last evening was also spectacular with no wind and calm harbour giving the mirror effect. One of those that stick in the minds eye when the weather is poor.

Ten year old boys birthday party on the agenda this afternoon. Rob has been wandering since early this morning in anticipation. He hopes for cash so he can get a particular skateboard that he MUST have.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on November 18, 2005

Clear, 5-10KPH West, 0C temp. A good day, but cool on the water today, and the forecast is good for the weekend also.

Catch has been good, and price @$5.50 is as good as can be expected. The market is starting to move a little now. The quality of the lobster is better than last year with a blood protien level sevral points higher than a year ago.

Girls has such a good time on the Xmas trip already planning the spring horticulture venture. How long they can string that out. An overnight excursion is now a thing of the past.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on November 17, 2005

Rain, SW15KPH,8C temp. Blew fairly good overnight but has no let up, and appears to be a good weather day for the fisherman today.

Donna & Patsy come home on the ferry last night, thinking today was going to be worse. She looked out the window this AM, and lamented making that decision. The boat trip was boaderline for them last night. They arrived, but were feeling that another 10 minutes would have tested thier stomach's ability to retain its' content. The trip was successul, but requires another trip before Xmas to tweak the things left undone.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on November 16, 2005

Rain, NE@10-15kph, 7c Temp. The weather is to deteorate all day as the wind comes around to the south and giving gusts of 90KPH plus.

Donna & Patsy elected to drive to ST. John, and come home tomorrow rather than attempt it today. The boat may not be travellling this PM d;ue to the anticipate weather.

Ivan and Betty enjoyed the train from Ottawa, a little tired. Much better than flying - alot less commotion and hassle moving about.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:12 AM GMT on November 15, 2005

Clear, CALM, 0C temp. Moon overnight lit up the harbour as if the sun was out. Never tire looking at that prior to turning in.

Off to pick up Ivan & Betty in Moncton as the train gets in around noon, just about the time it takes to get there from Blacks.

Asked to go band again, so must have held my own on Sunday, possibly another time.

Another gale headed this way tomorrow and tomorrow night Donna & Patsy have elected to spend another day on the mainland. I did not notice any apprehension in her voice at the prospect.



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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:33 AM GMT on November 14, 2005

Overcast, SW10-15KPH, 8C temp. Forecast for warm temps, and rain for most of the week.

Went lobster fishing with the HURRICANE yesterday. Quite an experiance most of the day very good weather with a bit of SW coming on in the afternoon. I have never observed fishing lobster in that manner. Very efficent, turnover of alot of gear. Good fishing, and excellent gear to work with. Averaged approx. 10lbs per trap with is consistent with his catch so far this year. Overall the catch is down in some cases signifigant.

Started with outside lights on the weekend, and will play more over the next few days, and will be in place by Dec. 1.

Donna & Patsy in Moncton giving the local economy a boost, all in the name of Xmas preparation.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on November 12, 2005

Clear, 1Ctemp, slight draft of wind from the west. A good day to be hauling traps. Swell probably still going, but with no waves the fellows may be able to stand up alright for the first time this season.

Indications are that the catch is down substantial from same period last year. However the weather has been so bad that will be a few more days before a good handle on the catch will be known. Inshore fellows saying crabs, and culls showing up already, an indicator that the big lobster have moved off.

Appears Donna & Patsy will have a good day to travel in the AM. Stopping in St. John for a preliminary look around, and lunch then off to Moncton. Both girls looking forward to a few days on the mainland.

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NOVEMBER 11/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on November 11, 2005

Clear, 2Ctemp, West @10-15KPH. Quite a contrast from what was going on yesterday morning.

I elected to stay on terra firma when the fellows left at 0700. Hardly fit, and they didn't expect to haul much gear. The wind let up around noon, but nasty all day due to swell that remained.

Preliminary indications are that catch is down from last year. A number of soft shells, and large number of berried lobsters in places they usually aren't in such large numbers. I was not contacted to go this morning so thier catch might have been down, and no need of an extra bander.

Donna and Patsy getting ready for the annual Xmas foray, and anxiously watching the weather for Sunday.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:03 AM GMT on November 10, 2005

Heavy rain, se 50-70kph, 8Ctemp. Lots of wind for the rest of the day, but changing direction and decreasing to some degree is the forecast.

Set traps yesterday in almost ideal conditions. Took us three trips, but done easily, and got them where he wanted to be. Did not hear of any problems in the fleet - a good thing.

A few guys hauled, and the preliminry indications are good,considering they were in the water only a few hours. One report was approx. 10lbs per trap on average. Can't imagine much gear being overhauled until the wind dies a bit.

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NOVEMBER 9/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:41 AM GMT on November 09, 2005

Clear, -2C, 10-15W breeze. Blew to a high of 40 kph overnight.

Traps go in the water today at 0700 can hear the traffic going by the house already. Forecast SE gales starting this PM, and overnight. Hopefully all hands can get the things in the water before that starts up, and blows out overnight.

Much cooler now, but expected to rise as the day goes on, and the wind shifts to the south.

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NOVEMBER 8/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on November 08, 2005

Clear, 7Ctemp, ssw 20-25KPH. Lots of wind overnight, and still a good decision to delay the setting day for 24hours. There is a little wind once the traps are in the water, however should be able to work.

The temps are great for the woodpile, and haven't been in as yet to scout the woodlot. Anticipate quite a few windfalls to deal with, but that is no problem.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 4:38 PM GMT on November 07, 2005

Clear, 9Ctemp, SW@ 35-30 KPH. Lots of wind and rain overnight.

Appears that westerly gales in the forecast for tomorrow. A meeting being held this AM in effort to delay setting day for 24 hours. Has been no oppostion, and would be the prudent thing to do. No place to hide from the weather, and boats have a big load on them. A recipie for disaster in high winds.

It has been delayed only once in the last ten years, but not a precident by any means.

We loaded the boat, baited all the traps by 1100hrs this AM. A good crew and many hands made the task very simple. Will make three trips to get the traps in the water when the time comes.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 4:28 PM GMT on November 06, 2005

Overcast, NE@ 10-15KPH, 8C temp. Giving some wind for setting day.

Most of the traps have been moved now, and probably most of the boats are loaded, and ready to go. Haven't checked the other wharves to see how they look, but will this PM.

Price looking around $5.50CAD, and this will be around the same on opening day as last year. The market is not too robust at this time, but should pick up.

Looking out the window seeing the MISTRESS on the mooring is different. She will be moved back to the wharf once all the traps are gone.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:33 PM GMT on November 05, 2005

Overcast, calm, 8C temp. Not a draft of wind on the harbour, and even hazy. Long way from seasonal it would appear.

Giving some wind for setting day on Canadian forcast, and not so much with U.S. will go with the latter.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:32 AM GMT on November 04, 2005

Overcast, 10KPH nw, 4C temp. Weekend weather looking to be a little unsettled.

Eyes are looking to weather for next week the opening of lobster season. I will be going for the full week with two boats. Tony to load and set and then Earl Wayne to band for the rest of the week. Will be a challenge to see how this old/soft frame holds up for the week. It will help if the weather co-operates.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on November 03, 2005

Clear, 4temp, slight breeze sw. Calling for showers for the next few days.

Traps getting to the wharf in fine style now, and will be going more and more till weekend. Some fellows going as far as Cap Pele for four ton of bait. Will be damned expensive by the time it goes overboard, but what can you do.

Ivan and Betty in Ottawa till mid-month, will retrieve them off the train in Moncton.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on November 02, 2005

Overcast, calm, 8Ctemp. Temp staying up for next few days. Great on the woodpile.

Longrange indicating warm, and slight westerly breeze for setting and first day of hauling traps next week. One can only hope.

Girls stripped an old piece of furniture of layers upon layers of old paint. The result is a beautiful sideboard from England that mom suggests is over a 150 years old at least. Now the challenge is to put it with other stuff in the house. I am sure this challenge will be met.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:34 AM GMT on November 01, 2005

Calm, clear to the max., 8C temp. To call this day unseasonable would be an understatement. Had to open windows to alleviate some of the heat fromt he wood stove overnight.

Jonathon/Jane married last night at 2100 HRS outside under the stars. Entry required a costume, and lots of great ones. The minister was Elvis, the concept seemed outlandish, but a great ceremony in the end. Weather co-operated, and decorations more of a harvest theme than Halloween. A great way to start the next stage of thier lives.

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